Preparing for Harvest: "Snack Pak 4 Kids Awww Shucks Corn Harvest"

Wildorado - For more than five years, the "Snack Pak 4 Kids Awww Shucks Corn Harvest" has helped feed several in our community.
   
In just a few weeks, the progress of Snack Pak 4 Kids corn crop is just little sprouts, but come this fall, it will look much larger.

"This has been a good start on the season," says David Cleavinger, a Wildorado Farmer, "we got good rains last week. So the corn is up and going."

Since its inception the program has grown, much like these corn stalks will over the next few months.

"We have two farmers now and so we have two semis that leave here full of corn versus one," says Dyron Howell, the Volunteer Executive Director of Snack Pack 4 Kids, "but I think the thing that's grown the most is the fact we've got our schools involved and our kids involved. We have more schools that we've partnered with, this will be our third year to partner with their schools. Those students are already asking about when is the corn harvest, when can we do the corn harvest are we going to do it again?"

And these anxious students are the ones helping.

"Cause like it's so much fun," says Htun Htun, a 5th grader at Margret Wills Elementary.

"We go get the corn, we bring back, and helping people in the community," adds Nay Khia, another 5th grader at Margaret Wills Elementary.

For the past two years, Margaret Wills Elementary has helped in the corn harvest, and the principal, Chris Altman, says she's seen the impact on the students who participate.

"It's a unique experience, they know that field was planted for them and for their families," Altman says, "they're the ones picking it and they're the ones bringing it back."

Altman also tells us they plan to take part later this year for the harvest.

Cleavinger says with the new corn seeds they have, it's able to withstand insect pressure a lot better. Which means they don't have to spray the plant with pesticides as much as they used to.

Howell says last year they gave the harvested corn to our first responders as well as others in the community and they plan on continuing that giving this year as well. 


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